How to make a Hard Lotion Bar

Only one person can win the give-a-way but everyone can take the ten min and make their own 🙂

These little guys are very easy to make, the rules are simple, 1/3 of everything based on weight.. and a little goes along way..

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So for a first time, try 2oz of beeswax, 2 oz of a hard at room temp oil, and 2 oz of a liquid at room temp..  My own reading seems to say that for hard oils, coconut or tallow are the best choices, for the liquid oil, I have read, almond oil, olive oil, or any other good quality oil that you have in the house, (Do keep in mind that Grapeseed oil goes rancid very quickly, so be aware of that one, make a very small batch so its used up in three months ideally)

Get out your kitchen scale and measure the parts out.. Heat over very low heat till all melted, stir together, If you are going to add scent, now is the time, add in your essential oils, lemongrass, orange, lemon, or any other natural scent you find appealing, I would say around 10 drops in a 6oz batch would be good but go lighter or heavier on your own nose.

now if you have a silicone mini cupcake/brownie mold, you have it, it you don’t, put a paper cupcake in your regular tin, Pour your oils, remember you want a easy to hold in your hands small bar (don’t go to big on these, I found that 2oz each was a nice big lotion bar). Allow to sit for three hours or so, till hard again at room temp.

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If in the silicone mold, just turn them out, if you are using the cupcake papers, take out, and peel the paper off, and put into a little box to keep from getting dusty, I put mine into little bags so they can travel with me, I have one by my bed to do before bed time, an I have one in the area I do my writing so I can it.

For more info on the lotion bars themselves, please read this post 🙂

Have fun, these are very quick and easy to make, they can be made into tiny batches, and I expect you could use a larger chocolate mold and make kids their own very creative lotion bars to use themselves.  I have seen some that are made to be used at different times of the year and for different reason’s, more on that later

I have noticed very quickly something interesting on these, while it does take a little time to warm up and get the bar to work, and a bit of time to soak in, it does leave a protective cover on your skin afterwards and for someone that works outside and gets wind on my skin, this has been a very good thing indeed.


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18 Responses to How to make a Hard Lotion Bar

  1. cecilia says:

    I made some of these recently too but your 3/3/3 recipe is great! Thank you. I am going to try and find some grass fed tallow, to make a harder bar, the lard is too soft.. thank you… c

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Thanks for this FG! This project is right up my alley: fast, easy and oh, SO necessary – what with all of the snow and Weather we’ve been getting lately, “Windburns ‘R Us”; )

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      Not to mention a GREAT use for some of my beeswax. (Hm, Spring is on it’s way, so I’ll need to come up with a surprise seasonal alternate, hey?; )

      • I saw a recipe on how to turn this into a natural bug off lotion bar for summer use, I am leary that it will hold in our heat but I am game to give it a try..

      • Used some of your beeswax tonight when I was making a honey lip balm, I am playing around, I have found a good peppermint lip balm recipe, I am working on a honey or honey and Vanilla one currently and I tried a copycat recipe for burts bee’s and I don’t have it down yet, but once I get them working, tested, I will share the best of them on the blog 🙂 (might even be a give away item at some point, after I order in the tubes, as right now they are going into the smallest jam jars.

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Speaking of containers, here’s a local source:
        Small business owner Amanda Martin, has both wholesale and retail pricing…

      • thanks for the link, but compared to my regular places I buy from, the prices are half to in some cases double what I normally pay..

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Those are her retail, not the wholesale prices. You’d need her to send you the PDF (unprotected) version…

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Okay, so maybe not such a big surprise then. LOL! This Bug Off! bar sounds like the perfect solution – and I already have the essential oils to do the job (some extras from an earlier Bug-B-Gone project):D

  3. Melissa says:

    If I wanted to make these with lanolin, which ingredient would that substitute? It’s not really a solid oil, but it’s also not as firm as beeswax.

    Or am I just getting too complicated?

    • I would replace the hard oil with lanolin, and if you worried about texture, make it says but if you find to soft, remelt it down and add another .2 percent in weight of the beeswax to get that extra firmness and then remake them.. That’s the great thing about these, can be remelted and modified til you get what you want.. Please let me know how the lanolin turns out, I would be very interested in feedback on how that worked for you 🙂

  4. LuckyRobin says:

    Can this be heated in the microwave on a low setting or does it need to be done on the stove? I am thinking about trying it with some walnut oil.

    • Yes, you could do small bursts of heat in the microwave if that is what you prefer, I find the slow steady heat of the stove better but I know that I saw a number of folks using the microwave in directions when I was researching and they said it worked for them.. Walnut oil, Its lovely, but I am leary of it ever since I had that black walnut issue,

  5. Susan says:

    Could this be modified for a sore muscles bar? I got one at a folk festival several years ago, but it was huge and awkward. It was an excellent idea, though, because of the melt at body temperature qualities. This is such an easy recipe!!

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